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Welcome To 'Imwas - عمواس (לטינית)

District of al-Ramla
Ethnically cleansed days ago


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Picture for 'Imwas Village - Palestine: : General view of our beautiful village in 1958 - before destruction. Click here to see the scale of the Israeli destruction in the next picture. Picture Taken By Pierre Medebielle
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Statistic & Fact Value
Israeli occupation date June 7, 1967
Distance from district 12 (km) Southeast of al-Ramla
Elevation from the sea 200 meters
Map location See location #49 on the map

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Military Operation against town Six days war
Defenders Jordanian Army and at the outbreak of the war some Egyptian commandoes.
Israeli acts of terror Based on the orders of the Nobel prize winner, Yitzchak Rabin, armored jeeps broadcasted orders for the immediate eviction of the three villages of 'Imwas, Yalu, and Bayt Nuba to the East Bank. The terrorist, Yitzchak Rabin, gave the inhabitants only a few hours to gather their possessions, and got them on their way to Ramallah. To expedite the ethnic cleansing process, as in 1948 war, the Jewish Army shot over the heads of the fleeing villagers to make sure they would not come back. (see al-Masmiyya al-Kabira, Gaza for an eyewitness account of such terror practices). Soon after, the three villages were bulldozed and dynamited by the 'Jewish Army'. Based on eyewitness account, 12-15 villagers went back to their villages soon after its occupation, and they are still unaccounted for.
Refugees' migration route Like their predecessors, the refugees from al-Lydd and al-Ramla in 1948, the villagers fled towards the Ramallah area. Many slept in Ramallah's bus station for at least a week, until they were invited in by some of their relatives in the area. Some made it on foot across the bombed al-Lynbi bridge on the Jordan river to Amman, Jordan.
Exodus Cause Expulsion by Jewish troops
Village remains after destruction The village has been completely obliterated and defaced by building on top of it the so called Canada Recreational Park. Please take the time to protest the building of such park on a looted land by registering your complain to your nearest Canadian Embassy.
Ethnically cleansing by Israelis The village was completely ethnically cleansed. It is very sad that some village inhabitants were ethnically cleansed twice; the first in 1948 and the second in 1967.
Terminating refugee camps Many villagers fled to Ramallah and al-Bira to join relatives, and a few made it on foot across the borders to Amman, Jordan.
Neighboring towns al-Latrun, Yalu, Dayr Ayyub, Salbit, and al-Qubab.
Village clans The village was mostly populated by the famous Abu Goush family.
Pre-Nakba land ownership
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 5,151
Jewish 0
Public 16
Total 5,167
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum)
Irrigated & Plantation 606
Area planted w/ olives 15
Planted W/ Cereal 3,612
Built up 148
Cultivable 4,218
Non-Cultivable 785
Year Population
1922 824
1931 1,021
1945 1,450
1961 1,955
Number of houses In 1931: 224
Town's name through history During the Roman times the village was a district known by Nicopolis (meaning victory), and 'Imwas means "Hot Springs".
Schools Two schools: the 1st school was for boys which was founded in 1919, and in 1947 it became a full elementary school with 6 teachers and an enrollment of 187 students. Soon after al-Nakba, the boys' school became a full elementary and a secondary school with an enrollment of 304 boys in 1967. The boys' school also had a small library which contained 376 books. The 2nd school was for girls which had an enrollment of 172 girls in 1967.
Inhabitants place of origin The majority of the villagers belonged to the famous Abu Goush family many of whom were ethnically cleansed from Abu Goush or Qaryat al-'Inab, West of Jerusalem. A few of the inhabitants trace their roots back to Egypt.
Religious institutions Two Mosques
Shrines/maqams Two shrines: The 1st belongs to Abu 'Ubydah Ibn al-Jarah, the conqueror of Palestine (in 18 Hijra) from Byzantia at battle of Ajnadin, see Bayt Jibrin, Hebron. Although the shrine is still intact, we were told by eyewitnesses that it's deteriorating and in need of serious renovation. The 2nd shrine/tomb for Mu'ath Ibn Jabal, a companion of the prophet Mohammad, see Pictures section for details.
Water supply Several spring and wells provided 'Imwas with its drinking water supplies, and the most famous of these well is Beir al-Hilouh (the sweet well) close to the French Monastery in al-Latrun village.
Archeological sites The village had many archeological sites and most famous these sites are:- Khirbat al-'Aqed, located between Yalu and 'Imwas, Khirbat Dayr Thakir, and to the East of 'Imwas, khirbat Umm Haratyn.
Exculsive Jewish colonies
that usurped village lands
The Canada recreation park.
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Status of The Village Today

The village has been completely obliterated and defaced by building on top of it what so called Canada recreation park. The only surviving structures are the shrines for Abu 'Ubydah Ibn al-Jarah and Mu'ath Ibn Jabal.

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Display Name Clan/Hamolah Country of Residence
عمار ابوقطيش العمواسي احمد حسن -
أمير حسن موسى الشيخ - الأردن
رامي حسن موسى الشيخ - الاردن, الاردن
احمد حلمي - عمان, 0795294824
Dr.Adnan Nassar al-sheikh amman, jordan
محمد (يزن) ابو عيسى ابو عيسى رام الله, رام الله-
موسى الشيخ العمواسي الشيخ -
زينب دار الشيخ دار الشيخ رام الله
فواز قدورة - Amman, Jordan
محمد موسى الشيخ الشيخ عمان, الأردن
حسن موسى الشيخ - -
Hassan Sheikh - -
مؤيد ابوخليل - -
نصري ابو الشيخ حمدة / ابو غوش عمان, الاردن
Dr Afif Abu Issa Hamda /Abu Issa Amman, Jordan
Ashraf Abu Issa Hamda / Abu Issa NSW, Australia
mohammed khair al najjar Najjar Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
dena خليل amman, jordan
Mohammad Younes Alkhatib Alkhatib Jeddah, Saudia Arabia
ادهم ابو غوش - -
thaer najjar najjar - -
H. M. Hasanain Sheikh Saudi Arabia
ابو ليث - Abu Dhabi
مصطفى - الاردن, الاردن
Khaled Abu Ghoush Jordan, Jordan
hason حمدة Riyadh
عاصف برغش amman, jordan
emad abughosh - amman-jordan
Awni Haikal Haikal germany
fatota - عمان, الاردن
Arwa Abu Ghosh Abu Ghosh jerusalem
hitawe hitawe california, usa
علاء صلاح محمد ابوخليل ابوخلبل عمان, الاردن
Firas Najjar Najjar Florida, USA
Firas Suleiman Dar Al-sheikh Germany, Duesseldorf
mohammad Akram Abu Ghosh Amman, Jordan
Riyadh Farouq Mahmoud Abu Goush Alsaid Abu Ghoush -
abu almajd - -
خالد علي رشيد حسان - abu dhabi, UAE
Mohammad Al Ghouleh Khalil/Alghouleh -
Awni Khalil Najjar Al- Najjar OHIO, USA
ytuytuy Abuytguyu-ghosh - jerusalem/Abu-ghosh
Tariq Ibrahim Ahmad hasan AMMAN, JORDAN
imwas hamdah amman, jordan
ibrahim abu-ghoush abu-ghoush il, usa
Ramadan Abu Ghosh Abu Ghosh Amman, Jordan
Ali Abu Ghoush - Jordan
zeid Abu Ghosh hamda/ Abu Ghosh Jordan, Jordan
Osama Abu Ghoush Abu Ghoush Amman, Jordan
abu issa hamda\abu issa amman, jordan
Osama Abuzeid - -
Basem Al-Sheikh - -
Malek Abu Ghosh Hamdah Amman, Jordan
victory HAMDA , 11140
Phil Mc crackin Hamoleh -
Hassan Sheikh - -
M.S.ISSA Hamda Saudi Arabia, K.S.A
Tareq Abu Ghosh Abu Ghosh Amman, Jordan
Jeffry Jihad - Johore, Malaysia
Fahry - DKI Jakarta, Indonesia
mohammad ramadan abuqtaish amman
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